PILGRIMS captain Gareth Jelleyman says Boston United still have the desire for success in the dressing room... but he concedes the side are lacking in quality.
Speaking after last night’s shock 2-0 FA Cup exit at the hands of Evo-Stik Division One side Kidsgrove Athletic, the downbeat defender admitted things have to improve.
“We haven’t performed,” said Jelleyman.
“Its not a lack of effort, but a definite lack of quality on our behalf.
“We know what’s expected of us and we fell so far below of that.”
Jelleyman blamed himself for the Grove’s opening goal, where a scramble on the edge of the Boston penalty area led to Sam Hall firing home from 20 yards.
The captain took the steps of apologising to his teammates in the dressing room, and also publically.
But he believes the whole team were to blame for the defeat, in which the Pilgrims failed to show their two-division superiority in either the first match or the replay.
“We got dragged down to playing like them,” the captain added.
“We were far too direct. We’ve got footballers in our team but we didn’t play like we have.
“They got a couple of goals up and sat 11 men behind the ball. We weren’t good enough to break them down.
“As a squad were more than strong enough to beat them.
“I just think it looks a bit like were lacking confidence in front of goal.
“It rubs off. The goals didn’t go in on Saturday and we looked edgy again.”
Craig Dove scored Kidsgrove’s second with a fine 30-yard drive.
As Kidsgrove pocketed the £4,500 prize money and look forward to an October 15 home tie against Long Buckby, Boston’s attentions turn to Saturday’s Blue Square Bet North trek to old foes Altrincham.
After victory in their last league match, a 2-1 win against Droylsden, Jelleyman is demanding a return to form.
He continued: “We’ve got to be men, we’ve got to be counted, we’ve got to win.
“We are the players, we’re the ones who can do something about this.
“We’ve got to show pride in ourselves and train hard and change things.
“Against Droylden we looked a really good side. In the last couple of games it hasn’t happened.
“But we have to get back to our better form.”